I Ching, Yijing or Zhou Yi
"Oracle of the moon": © 2000 LiSe

  Yi Jing, Oracle of the Moon

Hexagram 25

Wú Wàng, Innocent, the unexpected.

Wú Wàng

trigram Heaven
trigram Thunder

Gua Poem:
Innocence. Eminent - expansion
Harvest - divination
. An incorrect attitude brings disaster through shortsightedness. No ground for fruitfulness.

The great image says: Below Heaven rolls Thunder, beings associate in innocence. The ancient kings made use of lush growth in accordance with the seasons to nurture the myriad beings.

  Wú Wàng: the ideogram and the story (NEW) What does it mean for your question?
  This hexagram is complementary to hex. 46.

  Top 9: Innocent moving brings disaster. No ground for fruitfulness.
  For reaching a goal, one needs strategy. So think, use your intuition, your knowledge, don’t just rush happily ahead. This line is the wisdom behind what you do, all other lines rely on it.
(Changes to hex.17)  Mirror

  9 at 5: The illness of innocence. Do not use medicine, have joy.
  Living in an innocent way doesn't mean your mind is never heavy. Covering poor feelings with diversions doesn't cure them, and medicine cannot reach its roots. Accept it as part of the time and accept your place in the big picture. Inner joy is the most effective cure.
(Changes to hex.21)  Mirror

  9 at 4: He can divine. Without fault.
  Cocks do not announce the sun being or feeling great. They do because cocks do - they obey their dao. This is the way to ask an oracle or conduct a sacrifice, leaving all in the hands of the gods. That is why a prayer says "Thy will be done". These four words make it a prayer instead of a wish.
(Changes to hex.42)   Mirror

  6 at 3: The disaster of innocence. Someone binds his cow, road-people's gain, town people's disaster. 
  Who relies too much on rules and laws reckons too little with the unexpected. Rules are man-made. The one with a free mind, looking after himself and able to assess risks, is seldom struck by mishap. But often pleasantly surprised by a slice of good luck.  
(Changes to hex.13)   Mirror

  6 at 2: Not plowing to reap, not preparing to maintain the field. It is fruitful to proceed probing.
  Do all now and with innocence. If you reckon with next, the now has no power. Without past and without future now is illimitable. Do not BE the things you are supposed to do. If you are free, all will be done when it should be done: by proceeding probing, reacting to the right moment, to universal rules instead of human rules.
(Changes to hex.10)  Mirror

  Initial 9: Innocent proceeding. Auspicious.
  Every human being has the potential to make things grow. A child, an idea, an undertaking, whatever. It will grow if your ego is not in the way, if you are open to life. A mind which is open to nature is a fertile field.
(Changes to hex.12)   Mirror

  No lines changing: you can try to do things, but they may fail or even backfire. If there's nothing that should (or can) be done, then this might be a good time to relax and refuel. The Poem and the Image are guides that show you the best way to do that.

  The Trigrams offer possibilities that the hexagram-texts don't show.

last update: 06.09.2023


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